Costa happy to ig­nore Atletico Madrid

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

BY ALEX MARTIN / Cur­rently lead­ing the Premier League goal-scor­ing charts with nine strikes, Chelsea fans have prob­a­bly long for­got­ten the time when Diego Costa pub­licly stated his de­sire to quit the club and re­turn to Atletico Madrid.

But the in-form striker gave them an un­com­fort­able re­minder of just how close he keeps his for­mer club to his heart when he posted a pic­ture of him­self and Diego Sime­one en­joy­ing din­ner in the Span­ish cap­i­tal on Mon­day night.

Costa is cur­rently in Spain ahead of his adopted coun­try’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Mace­do­nia and took ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion to catch up with his for­mer men­tor. Costa’s pic­ture came ac­com­pa­nied with the cap­tion “great re­union with great mem­o­ries” and has con­jured 35,000 likes and over 500 com­ments.

Some of those com­ments are, un­der­stand­ably, from con­cerned Chelsea fans, who only three months ago heard how their star striker had tried and failed to or­ches­trate a move away from Stam­ford Bridge dur­ing the sum­mer.

The Span­ish striker had a tor­rid start to last sea­son un­der Jose Mour­inho af­ter fail­ing to set­tle into west Lon­don life fol­low­ing a £32mil­lion (Sh4.04bn) move from Atletico in 2014. “I wished I could go back to Atletico, I’m not go­ing to lie,” he told Span­ish tele­vi­sion.


Chelsea’s Diego Costa dur­ing an English Premier League match against Ever­ton at Stam­ford Bridge Novem­ber 5.

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